Tanakaya Liquor Store | Tokyo,
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Tanakaya Liquor Store
Excellent based on 34 ratings
Type: Beer Store

3-4-14 Mejiro, Toshima-ku
Tokyo, Japan [ print map ]
03 3953 8888

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Hours: Closed Sun, Open 11am-8 pm


Mayor: melush (11) | Bottles: 500


Tanakaya Liquor Store

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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Kriek 99, Asahi Stout 77, Minoh Stout 71, Shiga Kogen Domestic Dry Stout 66, Karuizawa Kogen Seasonal 2014 British Pale Ale , Minoh W-IPA 77, Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 , Engelszell Benno Trappistenbier 80, Baeren Yuzu Wit , Noboribetsu (Oni Densetsu) Fruity Tomato 46, Minoh Osaru IPA 77, Tamamura-Honten The Far East Barrel Aged Imperial House IPA 94, Noboribetsu (Oni Densetsu) Ki Ichigo Framboise , Shonan Oiso Kotatsu Mikan Belgian White , Sankt Gallen Sakura 46, Shiga Kogen Porter 58, Locobeer Immigrant Pilsner , Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) House IPA 97, Stillwater Cellar Door 97, Anderson Valley Highway 128 The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose 91
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34 reviews for Tanakaya Liquor Store
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  70%
 Selection  87%
 Food N/A 
 Value  72%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  92%
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70
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry  (14) , | August 6, 2013
Great bottle shop, carrying some really good beers, some of which are pretty hard to find by any standards, let alone in Japan. Downside is the terrible selection of Japanese craft beer. Having had some awesome beers in Japan, thereís no excuse. Certainly worth a trip if you live in Japan and want to stock up your cellar.
58
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762  (23) Tokyo, Japan | March 7, 2015
Reasonable prices and a 200 or so bottle selection. Staff is not very helpful. The woman there seems to be in a perpetually bad mood. Nothing terribly rare but if this is the best Tokyo has to offer, you should just visit an actual Japanese brewery.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rdespain008  (10) , Japan | January 14, 2015
Tanakaya is a great liquor/wine/beer store. Very close walk to the Mejiro JR station (right on the Yamanote line). It has a huge beer selection, mostly American, British, Belgian, and Japanese. Very heavy on Belgian lambics and krieks. The one kick is that itís cash only. Sent me looking for an ATM on my first visit. In addition to beer, this shop has one of the most extensive collection of various liquor that I have seen in Tokyo, at very nice prices. Huge selection of tequila, mezcal, armagnac, cognac, vodka, rum, gin, jenever, aquavit. Very nice single-malt and blended whisk(e)y section, with great representation from all over the world. Might need to head back soon.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
left_bank  (58) , Japan | November 29, 2014
The service was very good. Not as happy as others about this store.The number of bottles past their bbd was wayyyy too many;the first 6 american beers that i took out of the fridge were past their bbd. Would of like a a better selection of German biers. Best thing about going was the bakery across the street.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
melush  (31) , Spain | June 2, 2014| Updated June 17, 2014
A basement shop next to Mejiro station. Great selection of international craft beers. They also have a dedicated cooler for japanese beers. Prices are not expensive.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow  (208) Stockholm, Sweden | April 20, 2014
Been a while since I was here, but itís hard to forget this place. Good selection of beers, but local and foreign. Probably the best selection I found in Tokyo. Luckily my hotel was close by, so didnít have to carry the bags of beer and glassware that far. Great place to stop by and stock up before heading out.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JohnRMurdoch  (308) Glasgow, Scotland | April 1, 2014
In a basement 30m away from Mejiro Station. Mainly a spirits store but has a fantastic selection of international craft beers. Japanese selection is poor and they are not even displayed properly which is very disappointing. Prices not bad and service satisfactory. Has signed photo of Jodie Foster on counter. Donít waste your time coming here for local beers but it is great for other countries.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (273) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
I visited on their last day open of 2013 so they were crazy busy. The selection is great, I think if you go here youíre looking at the width & breadth of basically all you can commercially find in Japan. They had a scattering of stuff I hadnít seen before but most Iíd seen on Rakuten/online. About 2 fridges of Italian Craft when I went, 4 of Belgians(seriously about half their stock), the rest a grab bag of the US & the rest of the world. Small open fridge of Japanese craft beer. Their main fridges are PACKED and it is really hard getting bottles out of them-everyone does so exceedingly carefully for free of knocking some down and breaking them. Prices are average(some beers higher than Iíve seen others lower), service was subpar. The atmosphere here was kind of snobbish, I get the feel they prefer their cognac/whiskey/bourbon customers. Not at all welcoming & aside from the older guy I assume is the owner not even that knowlegeable about beer, they didnít know about lots of breweries I asked about. While chatting with my friend I think the owner overheard my complaints so when we left we suddenly got much friendlier service. I would have bought more but honestly the service turned me off so I decided to buy those other bottles online. After the great things Iíd heard about this shop I was expecting much more. For Japan, it is the best youíll find in terms of selection (Asahiya in Osaka blows them out of the water in terms of service-it isnít even close) but compared to a good place in the US or Europe it is lacking.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (748) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2013
Great shop that I could and did spend too much time and money in. Although the local stuff is underrepresented, they have a stellar import selection to rival many American bottle shops. Prices were reasonable and service was only limited by language. A must.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (1751) Washington, Washington DC | September 4, 2013
Nice place, large selection from around the world, in addition to interesting local stuff. Glassware too. A bit pricey, but worth a look.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou  (117) , | September 2, 2013
The main beer geek shop in Tokyo. They focus on importing the best of international craft beers, rare items and glassware. Even though, they mostly seem to focus on major crafts such as Stone, Mikkeller, Brewdog and Belgian abbaye brews, they also have some other geeky breweries as well as some rare large bottles in limited quantity. Their Japanese selection is surprisingly poor and badly presented in a corner though. Prices are steep but not shocking for Tokyo, and thatís the price for finding your favorite wishlist items.

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